Conceived as a tool to tackle trans-regional crime, the maritime component of the IcSP - Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace -, the Critical Maritime Routes programme, has launched a number of initiatives in the maritime domain aiming at the twofold objective of securing the Sea Lanes of Communication and protecting the economy of the European Union.
Convinced of the need to work together to tackle issues of maritime security and safety in the Gulf of Guinea, countries from ECOWAS, ECCAS and GGC signed the Yaoundé Code of Conduct in 2013 aiming at gathering their efforts towards a safer Gulf of Guinea. Following the Yaoundé Process, the maritime architecture has been reinforced with, among others, the set-up of two Regional Centers for maritime security in Western and Central Africa and one Interregional Center for Coordination.
Theproject has started in 2016 for a duration of 4 years. It goes beyond ’s objectives and aims at supporting the region in achieving the development of the necessary tools and skills allowing the set-up and implementation of efficient and effective maritime cross-sectorial regional decision-making and coordination mechanisms. The specific objectives are the establishment of an effective and technically consistent regional information sharing environment and the enhancement of regional steering capacities in the maritime domain and coordination through active support to the development of maritime coordination architecture at sub-regional and regional levels. According to a principle of phasing, will first focus on building a technically and methodologically robust network within a pilot area (bordering countries from Togo to Gabon) and then allow voluntary countries beyond this pilot area to benefit from their support.
The project will be implemented through two main components:
- Component 1 : Development of inter sectorial coordination capacities;
- Component 2 : Development of regional maritime strategic steering and dialogue capabilities.
A cross-component Support Facility will be set-up to allow the development of concrete activities to bring together countries of and beyond the pilot zone and enhance the regionalisation process. It will first be used to ensure dissemination of pilot initiatives developed in the pilot zone and beyond through the financing of both logistical and technical support. Secondly, it will fund different training activities for the Yaoundé centres’ executives or other relevant persons.
Key Expert - Capacity Building and Training
Country or Region
Gulf of Guinea
180 days over 4 years, including missions on the field
General objective of the mission
The general objective of the mission will be to identify and support the training offer in the field of information sharing and maritime strategic coordination.
The expert will be in charge of supporting:
- Elaboration of a training plan ;
- Conduct of trainings according to the needs identified and in partnership with maritime universities.
Description of tasks to be assigned
- TNA ;
- Design a training package based on needed skills for staff of Maritime coordination centres and national Points of contact together with other key experts;
- Support the development of adapted curricula in partnership with maritime universities;
- Support the organisation by the regional maritime universities of the summer training sessions;
- Support / organize crisis response trainings (national or multinational);
- Organize (logistical management) trainings ; support countries hosting a training organized through the project;
- Support countries hosting a training organized through the project;
- Support the development of an online course platform in partnership with regional training institutions.
- Training sessions are implemented;
- CRT are implemented;
- Trainees (users community / staff of the maritime centres) are provided with adapted skills;
- Operational policies and governance measures are tested, validated and potentially disseminated amongst willing partners.
Qualifications and skills
- University degree (BA or MA) in nautical sciences or navigation;
- Qualified as a deck officer;
- Fluent in spoken and written English and French;
- Requested highest demonstrable professional skills on:
- Inter-cultural communication;
- Team work;
- Coordination capacities.
- Proven experience in the design and implementation of maritime information sharing, maritime administration and law enforcement at sea trainings;
- Proven experience in the planning, implementation and evaluation of Table Top exercises and simulation exercises involving maritime stakeholders from the public, as well as from the private sector.
- Will be a plus:
- Experience in EU or international projects;
- Experience in Western African countries;
- A minimum of 7 (seven) years of working experience in maritime administrations, maritime law enforcement agencies, Search and Rescue Agencies etc.
- Good knowledge of local and regional stakeholders on the “thematic”.
Place, duration and details of contract delivery
- Period of implementation: 4 years from the date of start of activities
- Start of activities: The mission will start by a briefing with the team leader on mission’s objectives, methodology and expected results.
- Date of termination: The field mission will be considered ended at the end of the project
- TNA ;
- Monthly mission reports ;
- Reports on trainings conducted ;
- New offer of trainings developed with the regional maritime universities (catalogue) ;
- Participation on his/her component to the annual report of implementation.
Contracting, price and other information
- Contracting details : The parties will be proposed the signature of a service contract. The expert should ensure that all administrative or fiscal necessary requirements under his/her national regulation have been respected.
- Price of service: The daily fee rate will be defined according to the expert profile.
- Working facilities and logistical support
- The expert will be home-based and punctually go on missions.
- Transport : Two ways ticket to the place of mission – all cost will be directly covered by Expertise France (eco Cat for plane, 2nd class Cat for trains);
- Daily per diem according to the European Commission rates (per night spent in the place of mission).
Applications must be submitted in English or in French and entail the following:
- CV in EU format